Hepatitis A scare at Alta restaurant in West Village

Posted at 7:50 PM, Apr 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-07 03:23:45-04

The Market Mixed Berries or Blackberry Custard Tart at Alta restaurant in the West Village may have been prepared with a side of Hepatitis A, the Health Department is warning Friday night.

Diners who had dessert at the 64 W. 10th St. restaurant between March 23rd and April 2nd are at risk, and the Health Department is recommending immediate vaccinations as a precautionary measure. A restaurant food handler came down with Hepatitis A.

According to the press release: “Hepatitis A is spread by putting something in your mouth (even though it might look clean) that has been contaminated with traces of fecal matter from an infected person. Symptoms include jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin), fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea.


Food at Alta restaurant in the West Village may have passed Hepatitis A to diners between March 23rd and April 2nd, according to the Health Department. (Photo/Google Maps)

People who were exposed but have already received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine sometime in their life do not need another shot; all others should be vaccinated.

“We are asking these restaurant patrons to get this vaccination as a precautionary measure,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. “If people experience symptoms, they should see a doctor immediately. This incident serves as an important reminder to always wash your hands thoroughly to prevent the spread of disease.”

“We are working closely with the Health Department to ensure the safety of our customers,” said Christopher Chesnutt, owner of Alta restaurant. “This is an isolated incident and the infected employee is no longer on premises.”

The restaurant owners, who estimate some 3,000 people may have dined during those dates, are cooperating.  Anyone who believes they may have visited the restaurant during those dates can also call 311 for more information.